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Published on: 15 Jan 2008 By

Teck Cominco: Applying US Law to Canadians in Canada

  On January 7, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Teck Cominco, a Canadian mining giant, is subject to U.S. pollution laws because Canadian slag washed into U.S. waters. This sets an important precedent for other cross-boundary pollution. For more than 100 years, Teck and its predec…

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Published on: 13 Jan 2008 By

How to get the best environmental advice and win your case

Lexpert’s annual Top 500 Lawyers in Canada has honoured us again. This year, for the very first time, we were also in the gender majority: three of Ontario’s top five environmental lawyers are now women! Well, I suppose it’s about time. And there weren’t any women lis…

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Published on: 27 Dec 2007 By

Compensation for buyers of already contaminated sites?

When contamination flows offsite, can a subsequent purchaser of the downgradient parcel successfully sue the upgradient polluter? Most caselaw suggests that the buyer is out of luck. Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, is still a fundamental principle of real estate law. The buyer who asks …

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